'''Hiram''' "'''Hank'''" '''Williams''' (; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century,
Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the ''Billboard'' Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously).
Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama
, Williams moved to Georgiana, Alabama|Georgiana
, where he met Rufus Payne
, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff
and Ernest Tubb
. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. He moved to Montgomery, Alabama|Montgomery
, where he began his music career in 1937, when...